Wat Pho is a Buddhist temple. It is located in the Rattanakosin district. Known also as the Temple of the Reclining Buddha.

Wat Pho is one of the largest and oldest wats in Bangkok (with an area of 80,000 square metres), and is home to more than one thousand Buddha images, as well as one of the largest single Buddha images of 160 ft length: the Reclining Buddha.

The Wat Pho complex consists of two walled compounds bisected by Soi Chetuphon running east–west. The northern walled compound is where the Reclining Buddha and massage school are found. The southern walled compound, Tukgawee, is a working Buddhist monastery with monks in residence and a school.

Outside the temple, the grounds contain 91 chedis (stupas), four viharas (halls) and a bot (central shrine). 71 chedis of smaller size contains the ashes of the royal family, and 21 large ones contain the ashes of Buddha. The four chedis are dedicated to the four Chakri kings.

The temple of Reclining Buddha has sixteen gates around the complex guarded by Chinese giants carved out of rocks. The outer cloister has images of 400 Buddhas out of the 1200 originally bought by king Rama V. The main temple of Wat Pho is raised in marble platform punctuated by mythological lions in the gateways.

The Reclining Buddha is 15 m high and 43 m long with his right arm supporting the head. The 3 m high and 4.5 m long foot of Buddha displays are inlaid with mother-of-pearl. They are divided into 108 arranged panels, displaying the auspicious symbols by which Buddha can be identified.

Over the statue of the Reclining Buddha is 108 bronze bowls in the corridor indicating the 108 auspicious characters of Buddha. People drop coins in these bowls as it is believed to bring good fortune.

Visitors are required to dress appropriately when visiting the What Pho and other sacred temples. The following dress code (applicable to both ladies and gentlemen) should be observed:

Dress Code:
  • Shorts, mini-skirts, short skirts, tight fitting trousers, as well as tights cannot be worn as outer garments,
  • See-through shirts and blouses, as well as culottes or quarter length trousers cannot be worn
  • Sleeveless shirts or vests cannot be worn as outer garments
  • Sandals (without ankle or heel straps) cannot be worn,
  • All shirt sleeves, whether long or short, cannot be rolled up.

About tour:

Tour will start at your hotel.

We will travel to Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha) by taxi or by public transport – that depends on location of your hotel and your opinion.

Cost of tickets is not included into the tour’s price. You will pay only own tickets because Thai people have free entrance to all temples and palaces in Thailand.

End of tour will be in your hotel (or at any place where you will want).

Please pay attention: you will must to leave your footwear outside of building for to enter to all temples and some other buildings.

Payments:

You will pay full amount at the end of tour to guide. Cash, Thai Bahts only.

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Map of Bangkok with landmark of Wat Pho (Temple of Reclining Buddha)

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